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Gender and politics in Greek tragedy

Author: Michael X Zelenak
Publisher: New York : P. Lang, ©1998.
Series: Artists and issues in the theatre, v. 7.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Theatrical tragedy, like all other major civic institutions of the fifth-century B.C. Athenian democratic patriarchy, was exclusively male. The course of western drama changed when women characters (played by transvestite male performers) were introduced.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Zelenak, Michael X.
Gender and politics in Greek tragedy.
New York : P. Lang, ©1998
(OCoLC)606030218
Online version:
Zelenak, Michael X.
Gender and politics in Greek tragedy.
New York : P. Lang, ©1998
(OCoLC)607360134
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael X Zelenak
ISBN: 0820440604 9780820440606
OCLC Number: 38311595
Description: 156 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. Tragedy and Politics: The Art Form of the Democracy --
Ch. 2. Tragedy and Gender: Inventing the Female --
Ch. 3. Tragedy and Pornography: Transvestite Ritual Theatre --
Ch. 4. "Heifers Trapped by Wolves": Aeschylus' Suppliant Maidens --
Ch. 5. "Not of Woman Born": The Oresteia --
Ch. 6. A Woman's Place Is in the Tomb: Sophocles' Antigone --
Ch. 7. "The Best of All Possible Wives": Euripides' Alcestis --
Ch. 8. Euripides' Everywoman: Medea and the Dramaturgy of Gender --
Ch. 9. Resignation, Despair & the Great Capitulation: Sophocles' Philoctetes --
Ch. 10. Death Throes of the Patriarchy: Euripides' Final Plays.
Series Title: Artists and issues in the theatre, v. 7.
Responsibility: Michael X. Zelenak.

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"Theatrical tragedy, like all other major civic institutions of the fifth-century B.C. Athenian democratic patriarchy, was exclusively male. The course of western drama changed when women characters (played by transvestite male performers) were introduced.

Gender and Politics in Greek Tragedy explores themes and issues of gender identity and political ideology in plays by Aeschylus (Suppliant Maidens, Oresteia), Sophocles (Antigone, Philoctetes), and Euripides (Alcestis, Medea, Orestes, Helen, Iphigeneia in Aulis, Bakkhai). This is the first book-length treatment of the themes of gender and politics in ancient Greek tragedy."--Jacket.

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